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Apple Acquires HopStop and Locationary
Apple confirmed late last week that it has purchased HopStop and Locationary, two startups that make use of crowdsourcing for mapping related services. The move comes only a month after Google acquired the crowdsourced directions startup Waze.
Ubuntu Edge ‘Superphone’ Seeks $32 Million on Indiegogo
Canonical, the U.K. software company behind Ubuntu, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help fund the production of the super powered, super expensive phone. The all-or-nothing funding goal: $32 million.
Crowdfunding the Trentino 2013 Universiade
The Universiade is an international sporting event for university athletes that takes place in the summer and winter every two years. This year’s winter games are slated to take place in Trentino, Italy in December. In order to help fund the event, the team behind the winter Universiade decided to create the Crowdfunding Challenge, a campaign on Indiegogo that has an accompanying ‘game’ to go along with it.
The Worldwide Crowdfunding Landscape: An Infographic
The folks at Eventstir whipped up the following infographic, which provides a great overview of the worldwide crowdfunding landscape. It covers broad topics, like overall dollars raised and platform breakdown by region, as well as specific ones, including the most successful platforms and projects.
Why Is Crowdfunding Just Now Taking Off? [Video]
We share an interview with Carl Esposti and Kevin Berg Kartaszewicz-Grell, two members of (our sister firm) Massolution. They discuss the size of the crowdfunding market, why backers don’t mind waiting for months for a product at an age of instant gratification, and why crowdfunding is just now taking off.
2013CF Crowdfunding Market: Software and Solutions Report
Massolution recently published the 2013CF Crowdfunding Market: Software and Solutions Report. It is a definitive guide to available crowdfunding software and solutions providers. This report will guide you to the choices for building the platform you want, whether it is for donations, rewards, lending, equity, or royalty; whether it is a new site, an addition to an existing one, or a single campaign; whether you do it yourself or hire a provider.